By Coblentz Bautch

Research of the Geography of one Enoch 17-19 examines the travels of the patriarch Enoch who's given a guided journey of striking and from time to time terrifying locations situated in the course of the cosmos. Coblentz Bautch clarifies the textual content of one Enoch 17-19 by way of explaining how the websites defined relate to each other geographically and by means of reconstructing the psychological map of the geography that lies in the back of the textual descriptions. in particular provocative is the distinction of assets from the traditional close to East, Hebrew Bible and the realm of Hellenistic Judaism which can have expert the area view of one Enoch 17-19 and parallel traditions. via this learn a massive part of apocalypses is illumined: their portrayal of geography and sacred area.

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Yet, the collection of works that make up contemporary 1 Enoch or Ethiopic Enoch may differ from assemblages of texts associated with Enoch in antiquity. 2 While recognizing this desideratum, I refer to and designate, nonetheless, selections from the Book of the Watchers by the conventional appellation 1 Enoch, applied most correctly to the Ethiopic collection. In spite of the uncertainty as to the ancient compilation of works, individuals frequently contemplate Enochic collections of texts and attempt to elucidate a rationale for their content and/or order.

9 1 Enoch, 25. 10 ‘Review of George W. E. Nickelsburg, 1 Enoch 1: A Commentary on the Book of 1 Enoch, Chapters 1–36, 81–108 ’ at the annual meeting of the SBL, Denver, 17 November 2001. 4   15 James C. VanderKam expresses reservation as to whether the entire collection of writings indicated by Nickelsburg be considered components of a testament. 11 I concur with the hesitation of Collins and VanderKam in assigning the testamentary form to the Book of the Watchers and favor the notion that the Book of the Watchers circulated as an independent entity prior to its inclusion in a collection.

See Collins, ‘Introduction: Towards the Morphology of a Genre,’ 7. 59 David L. Petersen, ‘Eschatology, Old Testament,’ ABD, 576. 60 Cf. also Collins, ‘Apocalyptic Eschatology as Transcendence of Death,’ CBQ 36 (1974): 21–43; esp. 26. 61 The transition from one period to the next occurs with God’s return and a day of judgment. The chapters under consideration for this study, 1 Enoch 17–19, and its parallel traditions in 1 Enoch 21 and 24–25, are intensely focused on the end of the old, imperfect order that accompanies the transition.

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